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Alila Diwa Goa is committed to supporting sustainable tourism and reducing its carbon footprint by using biodegradable materials and local resources. Some of the initiatives that the resort has taken are:
Installing a water bottling plant that eliminates the use of 350,000 plastic bottles annually.
Celebrating an eco-friendly Christmas with decorations made with sustainable items.
Working with the environment to preserve indigenous ecosystems.
Sourcing local ingredients and products for its restaurants and spa.
Offering guests a range of local experiences, such as cooking masterclasses, e-bike tours, spice farm visits, and meeting the podher (local baker).
Providing employment and training opportunities for local staff.
Supporting local charities and causes, such as animal welfare, education, and health.
The resort offers 153 rooms and suites that are spacious and beautifully designed, featuring a king-size bed with memory foam mattress, private balcony, a stand-alone bathtub, walk-in wardrobe and separate workspace among other amenities. The rooms are divided into four categories: Terrace Room, Loft Room, Family Terrace Room and Alila Suite. The rooms have sweeping views of the paddy fields, gardens or pool. For more privacy and exclusivity, guests can opt for The Diwa Club by Alila, a resort within the resort that has its own pool with open-air Jacuzzi and restaurant. The Diwa Club offers 35 rooms and suites that are larger and more luxurious than the main resort rooms. The rooms are divided into five categories: Diwa Club Room, Diwa Club Patio Room, Diwa Club Suite, Diwa Club Family Suite and Diwa Club Two Bedroom Suite. The Diwa Club rooms have access to all the facilities at Alila Diwa Goa.
Food and drink
The resort has three restaurants and two bars that cater to different tastes and moods. Vivo is an all-day diner that serves international cuisine with an Asian twist. Spice Studio is an award-winning restaurant that celebrates the rich culinary traditions of India’s southwest coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa. Bistro is an exclusive restaurant for The Diwa Club guests that serves Mediterranean fare with an Indian touch. The Edge is the poolside bar and lounge that offers refreshing drinks and snacks. Courtyard Bar is an evening cocktail bar that serves signature cocktails and tapas. The resort also offers a range of dining experiences for special occasions, such as private dining in a Tree House perched on an old tree, romantic candlelight dinner by the poolside or beachside, or picnic basket for a day out.
Things to do
The resort has plenty of activities to keep guests entertained and relaxed. Guests can enjoy a dip in the infinity pool or the kids’ pool that overlooks the paddy fields. They can also take advantage of the free shuttle service to Gonsua Beach and enjoy the sun and sand. For wellness enthusiasts, there is Spa Alila that offers a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments using natural ingredients. There is also a 24/7 gym and a yoga studio that offers free yoga sessions every Tuesday and Saturday.
Some of the local experiences that guests can choose from are:
Meet the Podher: A visit to a local bakery where guests can learn how to make traditional Goan breads such as poi (wheat bread), undo (bun) and kankon (bangle bread).
Cooking Masterclass: A hands-on cooking session with Chef Edia Cotta at Spice Studio where guests can learn how to prepare authentic Goan dishes such as fish curry, chicken xacuti and bebinca (layered cake).
Goa is a state in India that is known for its rich history, culture and natural beauty. It was a Portuguese colony for over 450 years and has a unique blend of Indian and European influences. Goa has a tropical climate and is blessed with sandy beaches, lush greenery, spice plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and heritage sites. Some of the attractions that guests can visit in Goa are:
Basilica of Bom Jesus: A UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier, a 16th-century missionary who spread Christianity in Asia.
Fort Aguada: A 17th-century fort that overlooks the Arabian Sea and was used as a defence against the Dutch and Marathas.
Dudhsagar Falls: A spectacular waterfall that plunges from a height of 310 metres into a green pool. It is located in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and can be reached by jeep or trekking.
Anjuna Flea Market: A colourful market that takes place every Wednesday on Anjuna Beach. It sells a variety of items such as clothes, jewellery, handicrafts, spices and souvenirs.
Old Goa: The former capital of Portuguese Goa that has many churches, convents, museums and monuments that showcase the colonial architecture and art.
The resort is very family-friendly and welcomes kids of all ages. There are special rooms and suites for families that have extra beds, cribs, bathtubs and amenities for children. There is also Play Alila Kid’s Club and Teen Zone that offer a range of activities and curated paid experiences for kids aged 12 and under. These include arts and crafts, games, treasure hunts, pottery classes, movie nights and more. The resort also has a kids’ pool with water slides and toys, a playground, a library with books and DVDs for kids, and a babysitting service on request.
The resort is located in Majorda, South Goa, about 20 minutes drive from Goa Dabolim International Airport. The resort can arrange airport transfers for guests at an additional charge. Alternatively, guests can take a taxi or a bus from the airport to the resort. The nearest railway station is Majorda Railway Station, which is about 10 minutes drive from the resort. The resort can also arrange car rental for guests who want to explore Goa by themselves.
- Limits plastic use
- Employs local people
- Funds projects
- Local or organic food
- Beach or coast
- Kids club
- Up to 2
- Up to 4
- Up to 8
- Cultural visit